“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!” So goes a line from one of the most beloved children’s books, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, written by Theodor Seuss Geisel, or more popularly known as Dr Seuss. Decades after his death, his writings continue to be a source of amusement, inspiration, and comfort for children—and even adults.
As a tribute to Geisel, his hometown of Springfield in Massachusetts recently opened The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum. Housed within the town museum, it seeks to promote reading and nurture literacy skills among children.
A two-hour drive from Boston, the museum is a visual playground featuring an almost 300-square-meter exhibition where children can play rhyming games, write their own stories, expand their vocabularies, and engage in activities that will encourage teamwork and creative thinking.
Meanwhile, the section Young Ted in Springfield details Geisel’s childhood experiences and how Springfield influenced his work. Readingville brings guests to the world of his most famous creations such as Cat in the Hat and The Lorax. Ted, Dr. Seuss, will showcase Geisel’s personal memorabilia, most of which were donated by his family: oil paintings, colorful hats and ties, a sofa, breakfast table, and an armchair from his studio. Guests will not be seeing any of Geisel’s World War II political cartoons.
During the opening last June 3, no less than a Cat in the Hat mascot opened the door to the museum, beckoning the 3,000 Geisel fans who attended the festivities.
Adult non-members can book tickets for US$25 while visitors from three to seventeen years old can visit the museum for US$11.50.